Patricia Helen Erity

Eau Claire WAVES Have Good Reason for Joining Navy

WAVE recruiting in Eau Claire has yielded girls for the Navy with interesting backgrounds and patriotic families.

An Army wife, Mrs. Doris Willkom, 205 Water Street, will christen the USS Wisconsin at the WAVE banquet, Friday evening. Her husband, Private Robert E. Willkom, is serving with the Armed Forces.

A five-star family in Eau Claire claims its place with the enlistment of Miss Betty Jane Mittelstadt, daughter of Mrs. Pearl Mittelstadt, 525 Hudson Street, in the WAVES. She has four brothers in service, Lieutenant Frederick W. Mittelstadt, Jr., USAC; Lieutenant Robert A. Mittelstadt, USAC; Lieutenant Jack Mittelstadt, U.S. Paratroops; and Captain Ed Mathwig, USAC.

Ethel Grace Gullikson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gullikson, 209 South Ninth Street, has three brothers in the service, making it a four-star family. They are Private First Class Andrew Gullikson, Private First Class Gustav Gullikson, and Private First Class Carl Gullikson.

With one member of the family already in the service, Edith Myrtle Holter, 222 Oak Street, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Holter, New Auburn; and Mardell Elaine Gygle, 238 Broadway, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Gygle, Haugen, have joined the WAVES. Miss Gygle has a sister in the U.S. Marine Corps and Miss Holter has a brother in the Navy, now serving overseas.

Miss Katherine D. Moussette, 124 North Oxford Avenue, daughter of Mrs. Lena Moussette, Cornell; and Miss Arlene Chrysler, Osseo, have also enlisted.

Two birthday girls are on the list, that is girls who will leave for training as soon as they are 20 years of age, Miss Kersten, daughter of William Kersten, Fall Creek, leaving on February 25; and Miss Patricia Erity, leaving on February 26. Miss Kersten has a brother serving with the military police in Italy.

Two teachers, who were placed on the inactive list until the present semester ends in June, are Miss Mousel, daughter of Nick M. Mousel, Elk Mound; and Miss Doris Howe, daughter of Albert Howe, Elk Mound. Miss Howe has a brother, Sergeant Clifford Howe, with the Army Air Corps in Hawaii.

In Naval Aviation
Patricia Helen Erity, Seaman Second Class, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Erity, 408 Chippewa Street, Eau Claire, is now stationed at the Naval Aviation School at Norman Field, OK.

Miss Erity received her boot training at Hunter College, New York City and was then transferred to the Aviation Instrument School in Chicago.


Patricia Erity, Seaman First Class of Norman, OK, is spending the Thanksgiving weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Erity of this city.

Written by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Pat's family operated a grocery store across from Randall School. She and her husband owned a tree-trimming business in Eau Claire.